Sacrament of the Eucharist
‘For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes’ (1 Cor. 11:26)
The Eucharistic meal can only be prepared within the sacrifice of the Mass.
The Holy Mass is the renewing of the sacrifice which Christ offered for us as atonement for our sins; but the sacrifice is also at the same time, the preparation of the Eucharistic meal, the sacrament of our union with Christ in grace.
The Eucharistic sacrifice within the Holy Mass is a real sacrifice, instituted by Christ at the Last Supper. It represents Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. The Eucharistic sacrifice is offered to God in praise, thanksgiving, petition and atonement, for the living and the dead. Saints may also be commemorated in honor and petition. The Church has the responsibility of determining the rites and prayers to be observed. The liturgy as a whole is the public worship by the mystical Body of Christ. In every liturgical activity Christ is present, in a manner that must be properly interpreted.
The Holy Eucharist is a true sacrament, instituted by Christ. Christ is really present in the Holy Eucharist, even when not being received. It is therefore to be honored and adored. The whole Christ is present in either kind and is received by the communicant. For the wheat bread and grape wine are transubstantiated by the ordained priest into the flesh and blood of Christ so that only the appearance of bread and wine remains.
The sacrament effects union with Christ; it is nourishment for the soul, gives increase in grace and remits venial sin and punishment.
For more information on the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please contact the Parish Office at 330.499.2201.